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postgraduate opportunities.” Aurora Study Tour The Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour allows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students and graduates to visit leading unversities in the UK and US in October and November each year. Samara Hand, UNSW Indigenous Alumni, experienced the last tour and described it as exhausting, but also the best five weeks of her life. Samara is an Awabakal woman born in Newcastle and a descendant of the Worimi and Biripi nations. She grew up in Sydney and studied a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts at UNSW, majoring in International Relations. Samara is currently living in Melbourne and is working in the graduate program at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission where she is currently in the Misconduct and Breach Reporting team. Samara wanted to be a lawyer from the age of 12, but didn’t think it was a realistic possibility for her. When a teacher in high school told her about Nura Gili’s Winter School program, she applied and attended the program in both year 11 and 12, which she says gave her the confidence to apply to study law. Not only this, but the sense of community that was fostered during the program made Nura Gili feel like a second home, she says, which highly influenced her choice to study at UNSW. Samara first heard about the Aurora Study Tour though Jeni Engel, Director of Indigenous Law Education, whom Samara says has been continuously supportive of her educational and professional development. Post-graduate study was something Samara started to think about during her last year of her undergraduate degree, but overseas study was something that had never really occurred to her because it seemed like such a giant leap and she was unaware of any sort of financial support. When she found out about the Aurora Study Tour, she applied in the hope that this opportunity would allow her to scope out the possibilities and allow her to meet professors at overseas institutions and start to build a rapport before she applied. “I know I want to do a masters program and then eventually a PhD, but I want to study at an institution where my academic interests are shared with the professors that teach there, and where my culture is respected.” On the tour, they visited University of California - Berkley, Stanford University, Harvard University, Columbia University and New York University in the United States, as well as University of Cambridge and University of Oxford in the United Kingdown. Samara also visited the University of London while in the UK and has actually applied to a master’s program there. The Aurora Study Tour has such a good reputation and established connections with the universities that the students are able to meet with important people, they are allowed to sit in on classes and experience first hand what it is like to study at these prestigous institutions. While travelling around the globe and seeing the sites is not the point of the tour, it is obviously an added bonus. Samara says that there is spare time between meetings and on the weekends that allow the students to see the cities, which is a really good way to get a sense of the bigger picture of how the university fits in with the community. Samara notes the two moments that really stood out while on the tour: 1. ‘At each university we visited in the United States we met with Native American students. One night at Stanford University we were hanging out in the Native American Cultural Centre (a space for the Native American students to gather) and the room was full of Indigenous people from around the Pacific. We went around the room and each introduced ourselves, stating our name, what tribe/nation we were from and what we were studying. It was a very proud moment, meeting so many Indigenous people who were doing great things in their communities.’ 2. ‘The other point that stands out was a four hour meeting I had with a Professor at Oxford University. We had lunch together and talked for hours about children and th 1܁յ)ɥ̰Ց她ɽѝɅՅєɽɅ̸Mɕ͕ѕɕЁ٥ͥ)AɽɅ%Ё݅́ɕ䁕፥ѥݡѥÁݡӊéɕ)ѥѼ܁ѡЁѡɔ́AɽͽȁЁՍɔչٕͥݡ)ѕɕѕd)MɄ́͡ͅձeЁɕѡѽȁɔ䄁QɽɄMՑQȁٕ́)ͥЁѼѡɕѥ́Ց她Ёѡ͔չٕͥѥٕ́́ѥ́ѡչѼ)Ёɽͽ́ѡȁՑ́ѼѡѼѥ́ɔѡ䁅丁M)́ͅѡٕɅɥ݅́ɕ́͡ɥ́ݥѠȁ)ѥ̸(+q%Ё́饹Ѽ͕ͼ䁽ȁЁѡɔݡЁѡ䁅ɔ)ͥєлt)MɄ́ȁѡUٕͥ䁽)1ѼՑѡ5ѕ́)UхMɥ!յ)I̸()ɽɄ%́MՑQ)ѥ́ɔ܁)͔́)չظ()MɄ́͡ͅɕ䁝ɥ́Ёѡչٕͥѥ́չѡ̰)ͥ́́Ց́Ѽɕ䁝ɽ́ݥѠѡȁѥ(+qAɽͽ́Ёѡ͔ѥѥ́eЁՅ͕ѕѥɔ̰)Ё͔ѡ䁅ɔͼ䰁ͼЁ݅́ɥ٥ѼЁѡ͍(((ԁMՑQ)ѥ́Ёѡ)ɽЁ!مɐ)Uٕͥ1Ʌ((0